Our Focus is Families

Every Christmas, for as long as I can remember, the pesky gingerbread man my siblings and I made would disappear from the oven. When we were young, he never seemed to make it very far and we would often find him hiding under a piece of nearby furniture. The older we got, the more elaborate his escape and hiding place became. Notes and clues would lead us all over the house and sometimes into the yard before we found him.

Our family traditions are numerous, and range from the annual Gingerbread Man Hunt to attending a Christmas Eve service and reading the Christmas Story. While I don’t remember many of the toys and gifts I received over the years, it is time with family, celebrating the birth of Christ, that stands out in my mind.

Understanding that a child’s greatest need is a safe, loving family, Crossroads NOLA is committed to working day in and day out to recruit, develop, and support foster families from local churches. At Christmas, our mission is no different.

There are two simple and effective ways your church can partner with us this Christmas – mix and match to give your congregation a choice in how they participate: a monetary donation or purchasing gifts for a child.

    Louisiana has a chronic deficit of foster families available to care for children. There are approximately 4800 children in foster care and only 2200 certified foster families. Your monetary gift will help us recruit, develop, and support families to care for the most vulnerable among us. These families will commit not simply to putting a roof over a child’s head, but to loving, nurturing, and creating memories with them. For a child in foster care, a stable family is the greatest gift you can give them.

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    There are families in our community that have challenges and struggles, but are working hard to stay together and avoid foster care. You can support these families and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services by providing Christmas gifts to some of the most vulnerable children in our city.

    More details coming soon!